Western Digital 3TB Caviar Green Drive
I have to admit, the thought of tossing 4 of these into my WHS has happened more than once…just the ability to get almost 12tb of storage space from only 4 drives is darned impressive. Although the price is now $260 per, you know the drive is quick to go down if you’re patient.
On the surface, the new 3TB iteration of the Western Digital Green Drive series looks the same as the other drives in the series. Under the hood we have double the cache (up to 64MB from 32MB) of prior versions and the largest platter density around. The Green series of drives have the ability to dynamically optimize how fast they spin, depending on the system load. This means the drive doesn’t quite feel as fast as a 7200 RPM drive, but still feels faster than a 5400 RPM drive.